March 7, 2019
Released: 10:30 a.m.
Winnipeg, MB - The new Transcona Library officially opened today at 1 Transcona Blvd. The new 13,831 square foot library features an open and accessible floorplan with meeting and study spaces, a family literacy playground and children’s area, new shelving and furniture, and an outdoor reading deck and garden. The $6.5 million facility also features a 24/7 book return, as well as a living green wall which contributes to cleaner air.
“Libraries are a vital part of building healthy and thriving communities,” said Mayor Brian Bowman. “Over the last several years, Council has approved significant investments in rebuilding libraries across Winnipeg, and it’s exciting that today we get to open the new Transcona library, providing an updated and accessible facility for people to meet, learn, and grow.”
Over the last two weeks, approximately 40,000 items including books, movies, music, and more, have been moved from the former library at 111 Victoria Ave. W. to the new location.
“The new Transcona Library is an exciting addition to our community,” said Shawn Nason, Councillor for Transcona. “This innovative building will inspire learning and literacy and be a gathering place for our community for many years to come.”
Construction for the new Transcona Library was identified as a priority in the Library Redevelopment Strategy, passed by Council in January 2013. The former Transcona Library was built in 1961, and had limited parking and accessibility, and a floor plan that could not meet the needs of today’s library users.
For more information about Winnipeg Public Library and to register for programs, please see winnipeg.ca/library.
Released: 10:50 a.m.
Winnipeg, MB - At 5:42 p.m. on March 6, 2019 Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) crews responded to a fire alarm in a six-storey apartment block in the 400 block of Hamilton Avenue. Approximately 30 individuals were evacuated during the response. Crews successfully brought the fire under control at 6:03 p.m. No injuries were reported.
WFPS crews ventilated the building of smoke and most evacuated residents were able to return to their suites. The occupants of five suites, including the one where the fire originated, were unable to return. While the one suite suffered fire, smoke and water damage, the four others suffered significant water damage. The block’s property management firm was able to relocate all affected residents.
The WFPS Fire Investigator has determined the fire was caused by careless disposal of smoking materials. Residents are reminded to always take proper care when disposing of cigarettes or other smoking materials, ensuring all butts and ash are out by soaking them with water prior to putting them in the trash. Smoking in bed, or on a soft surface such as a couch or upholstered chair increases the risk of a fire as embers or butts can smolder for a significant time. When smoking outdoors, never dispose of butts in flower planters, or in your lawn or garden. Instead use a sturdy metal container filled partly with sand or water, always ensuring the container is emptied regularly.
No damage estimates are available at this time.